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Rebirth of the Cool: American Music Makes a Return to Iran

- The audience members in Tehran's Vahdat concert hall rose from their seats, clapping wildly as the frontman Bob Belden, a fun-loving New Yorker with a predilection for loud shirts, rested his soprano saxophone on a nearby stand. -Thomas Erdbring, NY Times - 2/27/15

Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

- When we walked into a shopping mall in Tehran, Pooya Shahsiah was waiting for us at the top of the escalator. She's the co-owner of a trendy little shop on the second floor that sells shirts, scarves, cups and jewelry. Cloth hangs along the walls in reds and yellows and blues. -Steve Inskeep, NPR - 2/23/15

American saxophonist Bob Belden impressed by Iran visit

- American saxophonist Bob Belden, who gave performances with his band Animation in Tehran, says he will never forget Iran.James Robert Belden known as Bob Belden attended the 30th Fajr International Music Festival with 'Animation' band members, and gave performances on the last day of the gala on Thursday, Persian media reported on Friday. - 2/21/15

Watch: 100 years of Iranian beauty - in one minute

- A mesmerizing video released Wednesday captures 100 years of Iranian beauty trends in one minute. Stylists transform model Sabrina Sarajy's hair and makeup to popular styles from each decade in a time-lapsed video produced by media company Cut.com. -USA Today - 2/21/15

Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

- Iran is a country where people at rallies routinely chant "Death to Israel." It's also home to the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel and Turkey. Iran's Jewish population topped 100,000 in the years before the shah of Iran was toppled in 1979 by the country's Shiite Muslim clerics. Today, the number of Jews has dipped to below 9,000. -Steve Inskeep, NPR - 2/19/15

Farhang Foundation announces winners of its annual Nowruz competitions: Celebrations planed in Los Angles and Orange County

- Preparations for Farhang's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebrations are underway as the Foundation selects the winning submissions from this year's Nowruz Banner Contest and Nowruz Program Contest. - 2/17/15

This is what the lives of Iranian women really look like

- Sari, a few hours north of Iran's capital, Tehran, is a small city with a population of 200,000. If you're young, privileged, and bored in Sari, Shoonesh is the place to be on a Friday night. Racing through the narrow streets, you need only a passing glance of consent from a neighboring driver to signal that they're down for a challenge. -Mahsa Alimardani, Quartz - 2/17/15

Iranian government allots money to encourage birth of more children

- Iranian Ministry of Health has announced a budget of 400 billion toumans to promote childbearing and increase the national fertility rate. A ministry spokesman told IRNA that the budget will be targeted toward "infertility treatments, providing insurance for infertility treatment drugs and reducing their costs". - 2/16/15

Photos: Iranian village of Esfidan

- Esfidan is a village located in Bojnourd County, North Khorasan Province in southeastern Iran. Due to its interconnected architecture, Esfidan village is known as the Masouleh of Iran's Eastern part. Masouleh is another village in north of Iran worldly known for its beautiful urban architecture. -Maryam Davarnia - 2/11/15

Ziba Shirazi presents "Spring Love: A Prelude to Nowruz"

- Saturday, February 21 at the Soka Performing Arts Center: "Spring Love," is a splendid blend of music, dance, and imagery, celebrating the dynamic tradition of Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) through the story of three generations within a family experiencing love at the first sight. - 2/6/15

Photos: Kerman holds biggest Zoroastrian Sadeh Festival

- The Zoroastrians marked Sadeh, an ancient feast celebrating the creation of fire, in Kerman last Friday. Sadeh has been observed since the days when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in the powerful Persian empire. -Photos by Laleh Khajouyi - 2/3/15

Pop music star Benyamin Bahadori to celebrate "Iranian week of love"

- Benyamin Bahadori told reporters on Monday that his concert in London on February 14 will coincide with Saint Valentine's Day (globally celebrated by lovers). Bahadori added that the day also coincided with the Iranian ancient day of love, Sepandarmazgan, which is the celebration day of love and earth in the ancient Persian culture. - 2/3/15

American photojournalist to complete her collection of photos on Iran

- U.S. photojournalist Randy Hope Goodman has come back to Iran to take photos of Iranian citizens and their daily lives to complete her collection of photos on Iran taken over 30 years ago. - 2/2/15

Photos: Ahvaz's severe pollution a hot topic on social media

- The severe pollution in Ahvaz, Iran is currently a hot subject on the social media. Ahvazi people are venting their frustration and concerns through public posts or private messages often with a satirical tone. One such message reads: "Hello, can you tell me the date and the year for today, since when I woke up there was 8 inches of dust covering me. It is my right to know how long I've been sleep." - 1/31/15

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year and Iranian Art Exhibitions with a Free Family Festival

- The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present its seventh annual "Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration" free family festival Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors of all ages can learn, play and feast at a celebration encompassing both museums to mark Nowruz, the beginning of the new year of 1394 in Iran, Afghanistan and many other countries, coinciding with the first day of spring. - 1/29/15

U.S. is prime destination for Iran's international mail

- Iranian Postal Services announced that the highest volume of outgoing mail it handles goes to the United States. IRAN reports that the head of Iranian Postal Services, Hossein Mehri, told reporters on Wednesday January 21 that the largest amount of incoming mail arrives from Germany, China and England. - 1/24/15

Photos: Students shave heads in sympathy with teacher diagnosed with cancer

- Mohammadreza Ghaderi, a physical education teacher in an elementary school in Hamedan and a cycling champion in Iran and Asia, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. To express sympathy with their teacher, the school's students shaved their heads bald. - 1/23/15

War On Satellite Dishes: 6,000 Receivers Destroyed In Shiraz, Iran

- Six thousand satellite receivers and dishes have been destroyed in a stadium in the city of Shiraz, according to reports by Iranian news agencies that posted photos of the police action, in the latest phase of Iran's ongoing war on banned satellites. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/21/15

Photos: People in Varzaneh Pray For Rain

- When all else fails, turn to God -- The people of the farming town of Varzaneh gathered on Friday January 16 to pray for rain. Like other countries in the region, Iran has been dealing with severe drought and water shortages in the last few years. Many farmers have lost their jobs or are on the verge of doing so. -- Will God hear the people of Varzaneh? -Hamidreza Dastjerdi - 1/20/15

Filmmaker asks Iranian officials to watch "A Few Cubic Meters of Love"

- Filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh has asked Iranian officials to watch "", a drama on migration and love directed and produced by Afghan brothers Jamshid Mahmudi and Navid Mahmudi who have lived in Iran for the past 30 years. - 1/14/15

Rather Than Focus on Poverty and Hopelessness: Measures to Deprecate Divorce in Iran

- At a meeting with senior cleric Javadi Amoli who is also the Friday imam of Ghom, a deputy minister at the ministry of youth and sports announced on Friday that, "In Iran for every five marriages there is one divorce, while in Ghom the ratio is four to one and in Tehran it is three to one. Eighty percent of people who get divorced in the country are under the age of thirty." -Niusha Saremi - 1/12/15

Rohani adviser touts intentions to teach minority dialects

- Hassan Rohani's adviser on ethnic and religious minority affairs says the many languages in Iran are like branches of the Academy of Persian Language, stressing that the Rohani administration is determined to have Iran's local languages and literatures taught in the country's schools and universities. - 1/11/15

The Trials and Tribulations of an Iranian Fashion Model

- Twenty-six-year-old Pegah Biglui has an unusual job for a woman in Iran: she is a fashion model. True, there are many dedicated models around the world. But what makes her story unusual is the fact she has chosen the profession in the Islamic Republic, a country that is obsessed with how women are perceived in the public space. -Shima Shahrabi, IranWire - 1/7/15

Photos: The Sistan Bread

- Traditional bread making is still practiced in many villages across Iran. These photos by Hamed Gholami show the bread making process by the women in Sistan and Baluchestan province, from grinding the wheat to preparing the dough and baking the bread in the mud ovens. - 1/6/15

Video: Celebrating the New Year Around the World

- People around the world welcomed the New Year with fireworks, glitter, song and dance, and well-wishing. At least for this day, the world seemed to have one unique goal - to join in celebration, although it was subdued in Indonesia, where people mourned those killed in this week's AirAsia plane crash. Zlatica Hoke reports that world leaders took the opportunity to broadcast messages of peace. - 1/1/15

Photos: Iranian Christians in Tehran prepare for the new year

- Many shops in Tehran are displaying colorful Christmas decorations and ornaments welcoming the Christians who are busy shopping ahead of the new year 2015. While Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," among its more than 70 million people is a small but important Christian minority. - 12/31/14

Couchsurfing In Tehran, How Foreign Crashers Help Iranians Escape

- Travel for Iranians is hard, which is why the young have found hosting foreigners is a way to explore the world vicariously. The latest twist to the private breaking of Iran's myriad restrictions. -Sandra Keil, World Crunch - 12/31/14

Jewish Lexicographer Soleiman Hayyim commemorated in Tehran

- The Persian literary monthly Bokhara paid tribute to Iranian Jewish lexicographer and translator, Soleiman Hayyim (1887-1970) at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Sunday. - 12/30/14

Census chief reveals Iranian population statistics

- Mohammad Nazemi, the head of Iran's Census Organization, says the office registered 1.4 million births and 400,00 thousand deaths annually, adding that 800,000 marriages and 160,000 divorces were registered last year. - 12/28/14

Iran's President Rouhani congratulates Christians worldwide on Xmas, New Year

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended his congratulations to all Christians around the globe ahead of Christmas and the new Gregorian calendar year, saying a return to the sublime teachings of prophets is the only way for the mankind's prosperity and progress. - 12/25/14

Photos: Iran Honors Its Fallen Jewish Soldiers

- Iran is well-known for its stinging anti-Israeli rhetoric and refusal to recognize what it calls the "Zionist regime." So, it might have come as a surprise when officials in Tehran unveiled a monument honoring Iranian-Jewish soldiers who died in action during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 12/20/14

Photos: Bonefishing season begins in Caspian Sea

- Iranian fishermen in north of the country have started the bonefishing season in the Caspian Sea. Bonefish live in shallow inshore water and the fishing is done by wading or from a shallow-draft boat. - 12/19/14

Western-style stores growing in Iran

- When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography. -Allison Love, CNN - 12/17/14

Photos: 20 million converge on Karbala for Arbaeen

- The number of pilgrims who flocked to the holy city of Karbala for the Arbaeen ceremonies passed the 20-million mark, Iraqi officials announced on Saturday. The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), Ammar al-Hakim, stated last Monday that the Arbaeen pilgrimage confirms the citizens' stance against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. - 12/14/14

The two faces of modernity in Iran - analysis

- It is often thought that what is currently taking place in Iran, the continuation of what has unfolded there over the past three decades - violation of human rights, systematic discrimination against women, and belligerence toward the west - constitutes a rejection of modernity and its fruits. -Farzin Vahdat, Guardian - 12/11/14

Photos: Over one million Iranian pilgrims flock to Iraq to mark Arba'een

- Iran's Traffic Police Chief Eskandar Mo'meni on Monday estimated that more than 1,200,000 Iranians would attend this year's Arba'een procession, which falls on December 13 this year. Iranian officials have announced that more than 900,000 Iranians have entered Iraq so far. - 12/9/14

Rise In Cohabitation Has Iran Officials Railing Against 'White Marriage'

- Raana and Hamed have been living together for four years. They eat together. They both contribute to the household and share a savings account. They fight "like husbands and wives in a registered marriage." They even wear wedding rings and introduce themselves as a married couple. But they're not. Because, as they also told Iranian daily "Ebtekar" in May, they don't believe in marriage. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/8/14

"Fest of Duty" wins justice award at IDFA

- Fest of Duty a documentary by Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani was in the line up of documentaries at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in the Panorama section and won the Oxfam Global Justice Award. - 12/8/14

Intriguing Iran

- For most Americans, visiting Iran doesn't make it onto their vacation radar. Yet for me and my wife Harriet, experiencing the wonders of ancient Persia has topped our bucket list for quite some time. -Michael J. Solender, Charlotte Observer - 12/6/14

Photos: Saffron Farms in Ghaenat, Iran

- Iran has long been a significant source of high-quality saffron production and export which accounts for up to 95 percent of saffron production in the world. These photos by Mohsen Noferesti show saffron farming in the city of Ghaenat in northeastern Iran. - 12/4/14

Iranian Woman Busts A Move, Hopes Not To Get Busted Herself

- A woman dancing on a subway train may seem innocuous enough. But in Iran, a deeply conservative country where the government dictates citizens' clothing and behavior, dancing in public is strictly forbidden. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 12/1/14

Divine Religion or Secular Humanism?

- Religious beliefs have been deeply rooted since pre-historic times; nonetheless, religions are still prevalent among many humans in the modern world today. Religion was the inevitable conceptualization of primitive psyche of humans and perhaps hominids... -Rachel Eliasi Kohan, Thanksgiving 2014, New York - 11/27/14

Under Rohani, Iranian Jews find greater acceptance

- Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3,000 years, has the Middle East's largest Jewish population outside of Israel, a perennial foe of the country. But while Iran's Jews in recent years had their faith continually criticized by the country's previous governments, they've found new acceptance under moderate President Hassan Rohani. -AP - 11/26/14

Police close down more than two dozen Tehran cafes

- At least 26 cafes in Tehran have been shut down by police citing violations such as "the inappropriate hijab" of customers. The Shahrvand daily wrote on Saturday November 22 that this is an unprecedented wave of police action against Tehran cafes. - 11/22/14

Large crowds gather to mourn Iranian singer Pashaei

- Thousands of mourners gathered to bid farewell to the popular Iranian singer Morteza Pashaei, who passed away on Friday following a long battle with cancer. The Fararo website reports that thousands attended the deceased singer's funeral held at Vahdat Hall. - 11/17/14

Ziba Style: Curating The Most Unusual Locally Inspired Luxury Items From Around The World

- Introducing ZIBA Style, a curated online marketplace for locally inspired luxury goods from around the world-the most unique goods a traveler cannot find at home. Founder Yasmin Sanie-Hay, an M.I.T. graduate and Harvard Business School student, traversed 70 countries to source products for her new online venture that allows customers to buy directly from designers in faraway destinations such as Beirut, Bishkek, and Benin. - 11/14/14

Nesta Ramazani's Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights

- Persian Cooking is the mother of English language Persian cookbooks. For forty years, this book has been a staple in kitchens of those who enjoy the cooking of Iran. This fortieth anniversary edition is revised and updated to take into account present tastes; the better availability of ingredients; and modern cooking tools and methods. - 11/8/14

Documentary maker honoured for film on LGBTQ in Iran

- Farid Haerinejad's Out of Iran: Iran's Unwanted Sons and Daughters, a film sponsored by Radio Zamaneh, won the best documentary prize at the Noor Iranian Film Festival for 2014. The festival was held in October in Los Angeles, and the film can be viewed here on the Radio Zamaneh website. - 11/7/14

Iran: Over 350,000 marriages, 75,623 divorces registered in six months

- Statistics show 352,424 marriages were recorded nationwide during March 21-Sept 22, of which 298,487 and 53,937 pertain to urban and rural areas respectively. Over the same period, 75,623 divorces were recorded nationwide 69,353 and 6,270 of which pertain to urban and rural areas respectively. - 11/6/14

Iran's Culture Ministry Defends 'Successful' U.S. Presence

- Iran's Culture Ministry has defended the "successful presence" of an Iranian delegation in an October 28 conference in Pittsburgh that was reportedly also attended by State Department official Greg Sullivan. The conference, "Growing Business between the U.S. and the Middle East," was organized by the American Middle East Institute. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/4/14

A walled paradise: a history of Iranian gardening

- Iran was built on the vision of a garden that held every type of plant and flower and protected its habitants within its walls. Touraj Daryaee takes nostalgic look back at a 'paradise' many are now eager to escape -Guardian - 10/30/14

Video Asks Tehranis About Their Fears

- In a newly released video, Iranian artist Ali Molavi has asked a group of citizens in the Iranian capital what they're afraid of. One woman says her fear is the lack of status for women living in Iran. "Women in Iran have no value," the woman says. A man says he fears his wife, while another says that "war" is his greatest fear. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/29/14

Iranians protest rash of acid assaults on women

- Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan and Tehran to protest the recent incidents of acid throwing in Isfahan and demand that the authorities provide security for all citizens. In recent weeks in a number of incidents, women have been assaulted with acid, leaving at least one dead and many others struggling with serious burns to their hands and faces. - 10/23/14

Most art forms in Iran are illegal. Artists shirk the law by going underground

- Tehran is the seat where most of Iran's artistic community resides and hopes to one day thrive, despite the tremendous censorship restrictions regarding who can perform and under which circumstances. Navigating these restrictions has become an art form itself, while social media sites (at least those that are allowed) are continuously monitored. -Nicole Crowder, Washington Post - 10/17/14

Iranian Fathers and the Diverse Daughters They've Raised

- While living in Malaysia, Nafise Motlaq found the way people talked about her home country, Iran, disturbing. They seemed to lack a realistic vision of the country because they relied mostly on stereotypes. Inspired by this frustration and a trip home to visit her father, Motlaq, a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia, decided to try and explore the father-daughter relationship in Iran using photography. -Jordan G. Teicher, Slate - 10/14/14

The Role of Women in the Future of Iran

- Washington, DC - "In some societies, laws protecting women are beyond the culture of the people. In Iran, it is the opposite," said Sanam Anderlini, Senior Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies and co-founder of the International Civil Action Network, speaking on a panel regarding the role of women in Iran at NIAC's 2014 Leadership Conference. -Tyler Cullis - 10/10/14

Rich Kids of Tehran

- At first glance, browsing through Instagram photos, you'd not think much of it: selfies, house parties, luxury European cars, attractive guys and girls dressed to the nines. With a closer look, you might notice the occasional headscarf and the script on the license plates of cars. -Holly Dagres, Al-Monitor - 10/7/14

UNPFA envoy: 8.1 Percent of Iranians are 60+

- Dr. Hulki Uz, United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) Representative in Iran, said people above 60 years old constitute 8.1% of the population and that growth rate of the population of the elderly is higher than other population groups. - 10/4/14

Iran as Progressive

- In 2007, when former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared during a Columbia University appearance, "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," many chuckled. It seemed to verify the average person's preconceptions of the country as being primitive and socially backwards. -Holly Dagres, Souciant - 10/3/14

Private homes in Iran hold more gold than Central Bank

- The lack of a clear outlook on the Iranian economy has led Iranians to store large quantities of gold in their home, and recent reports indicate that the amount of gold stored in homes now exceeds the amount in the Central Bank. - 9/13/14

Xerxes Speaks: A Graphic Novel on Greco-Persian Wars, from Persian point of view

- "Xerxes Speaks" presents the battle of Thermopylae (the subject of the first "300" graphic novel and movie) from a Persian perspective; but it also delves deeper into Iran's first 200 years to analyze the causes and consequences of the empire's rapid expansion. It is well-researched, so I hope you find it educational as well as entertaining. -Ramin Abhari - 9/11/14

69 Percent Of Young Iranians Use Software To Get Around Internet Filtering: Survey

- Some 67.4 percent of Iranian young people (between the ages of 15-29) use the internet, according to a survey conducted by the Iranian Center for Research and Strategic Studies. 69.3% of Iranian young people reported using anti-internet filter software to be able to surf through blocked websites. - 9/9/14

Inside Iran's 'revolutionary' rap

- Over the last decade, underground Iranian rap has grown to become one of the most popular genres among youth. -Erin Neil, AlJazeera - 9/9/14

Senior Iranian Ayatollah Says High-Speed Mobile Internet Is Un-Islamic

- "un-Islamic" and violate "human and moral norms". Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi said Iranian authorities should introduce measures that would prevent access to the "negative features" of high-speed mobile Internet and 3G services before making them widely available. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/28/14

Iran holds conference on ancient philosopher Avicenna

- Iran has hosted a conference on the philosophy of the Islamic physician and philosopher Avicenna in the country's midwest city of Hamedan. Organized by the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation, the one-day conference was held to commemorate the ancient scientist Avicenna (Ibn Sinna) on Iran's National Physicians' Day, August 23. - 8/25/14

Tying the Knot in Today's Iran

- Over 11 million eligible Iranians are unmarried, according to official statistics. The government has repeatedly expressed concern over the low rate of marriage in the country over the past few years, and has encouraged single people to tie the knot. -Mehrnaz Samimi, Huffington Post - 8/21/14

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

- Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most prominent literary figures and a vocal human rights defender who was targeted with censorship and smear campaigns by Iranian authorities, has died in Tehran. She was 87. - 8/20/14

Legendary Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani passes away

- After being in coma state for almost 13 days, the legendary Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani passed away in Pars Hospital in Tehran in morning on August 19, 2014; she was 87. Being nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature, Simin Khalili, known as Simin Behbahani, was the daughter of Abbas Khalili who was himself a poet, author and the editor of 'Eghdam' Newspaper. - 8/19/14

Strong Quake Hits Western Iran, 250 Injured

- The number of people wounded in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Abdanan, in this western province, Monday morning has risen to 250, latest reports said. The strong tremor hit three western and southwestern provinces of Ilam, Lorestan and Khuzestan at 07:02 hours local time (0232 GMT) and was also felt in the neighboring provinces. - 8/18/14

Simin Behbahani, Iranian lady of ghazal, is breathing naturally

- Ali Behbahani, the son of Eminent Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani Simin Behabahani's, said that the level of her mother's consciousness has been increased and that she is currently breathing naturally. Simin Behabani has been nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature. - 8/18/14

Iran's divorce rate rises

- The head of Iran's Land and Document Registry says that in the past three months, there has been a four-percent increase in the rate of divorce compared to the same period last year. - 8/14/14

Strategic research center to formulate new plan for music in Iran

- The Center for Strategic Research (CSR) has been assigned the task of formulating a new plan to replace the Plan for Music in Iran, which was made by cultural officials under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "There is a consensus among officials, experts and musicians that the present plan is unacceptable," Mohammadreza Fazeli said. "The experts say that proper professional supervision was not provided for formulating the plan," he added. - 8/13/14

An Experience: Photos of Iranian Women With And Without Veils

- Photographer Marziyeh Heydarzadeh has captured snapshots of Iranian women posing at a holly site with and without veils. A short paragraph published with "this experience" states that "hijab, in addition to being a cultural and religious value, indicates differences between those who want to preserve their dignity and those who easily overlook this." The story does not mention how the women felt after this experience, and if they left the site with or without the veil... - 8/6/14

Fertility Push Viewed as Unsexy by Young Iranians

- Skeptics wrinkle their brows at the Ayatollah's push for larger families and the government's efforts to restrict family planning and provide incentives for childbirth. Iran's youth want to be free, says a scholar of the Iranian women's movement. -Hajer Naili, WeNews - 8/5/14

Iran's first public detox clinic licensed in Tehran

- Iran's Health Ministry has issued a licence for the country's first public centre for alcohol detoxification, which will operate out of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. A report released last year by the World Health Organization pegged Iran's alcohol consumption per consumer as the nineteenth highest in the world. - 8/4/14
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